Rep. Rob Menendez (D-N.J.), the son of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), is looking for reelection following his father’s indictment on corruption expenses final week.
The elder Menendez was charged Friday over allegedly accepting bribes, together with $100,000 in gold bars and $480,000 in money, in trade for official acts that aided an Egyptian American businessman and the Egyptian authorities.
However his son, a freshman member of Congress, seems undeterred by his father’s authorized troubles and is looking for one other time period in workplace.
“I will likely be operating for reelection based mostly on that report so I can proceed to serve the residents of this district that I like, in stark distinction to those that could run to additional their very own bare political ambition,” Rob Menendez stated in a press release launched Monday, in accordance with Politico.
Rob Menendez defended his father in a press release shortly after the indictment was made public.
“I strongly imagine in his integrity and his values, and look ahead to seeing him transfer previous this distraction to proceed preventing for our state in the USA Senate,” he stated.
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla (D) is reportedly mulling a problem to Rob Menendez, in accordance with the New Jersey Globe.
In the meantime, a number of distinguished Democrats, together with Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Peter Welch (Vt.) and John Fetterman (Pa.) and former Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), have known as on Bob Menendez to step down.
The New Jersey senator has denied wrongdoing and refused to resign, saying these calling for his ouster “have rushed to judgment.”
“I will likely be exonerated and proceed to be the senior senator from New Jersey,” he informed a press convention Monday.
Bob Menendez to date has not formally confirmed whether or not he’ll search one other time period in workplace. Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.), although, has already introduced he’ll run for the seat and others may observe swimsuit.
The senator and his spouse, Nadine Menendez, who can be dealing with bribery expenses, are anticipated to be arraigned Wednesday.
If convicted, they may resist 45 years behind bars, in accordance with Reuters.
This isn’t the primary indictment for Menendez. He confronted corruption expenses in 2015 however the case resulted in a hung jury.